Archive for the ‘Central African Republic’ Category

Armed bandits force tens of thousands of Central Africans to flee homes

23 May 2008 –A surge since the start of the year in the number of attacks by armed bandits across the north of the Central African Republic (CAR) is forcing tens of thousands of people to flee their homes and has brought economic activity to a standstill in large parts of the already impoverished and strife-torn country, the United Nations relief wing reports today. (more…)

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Struggling to Undo the Damage of Sexual Violence
UN Integrated Regional Information Networks

The Monam group of rape survivors in the northern town of Bossangoa in the Central African Republic (CAR) does what it can to keep going, but morale is low and money tight.

“We’ve been left to fend for ourselves. We get little help from outside. Many of our members have died,” the group’s chairwoman, Pelagie Ndokoyanga, told IRIN/PlusNews. (more…)

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Small Steps to Rebuilding Lives
UN Integrated Regional Information Networks

After hiding in the bush for more than a year, families in the northern Central African Republic (CAR) regions of Ouaham and Nana Grebizi are starting to return to their roadside villages.

Clashes between government forces and the Armée Populaire pour la Restauration de la Démocratie (APRD, People’s Army for the Restoration of Democracy) rebel movement towards the end of 2006 led to the exodus of tens of thousands of people from dozens of villages along the road linking the towns of Kabo and Kaga Bandoro, about 100km to the southeast. (more…)

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CAR refugees not ready to return home
IRIN Africa

GORÉ, 15 February 2008 (IRIN) – Around 6,000 refugees from Central African Republic have arrived in the Goré region of Southern Chad over the last two months. Some of them say categorically that they will never go home, and that if insecurity spreads to the south of Chad, they will then go elsewhere.

The Dosseye camp, one of the three refugee camps set up by the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), not far from Goré, is where new arrivals are sent to. The growing number of new tents here, set up between basic huts constructed by less recent refugees, shows the influx of new arrivals fleeing from child kidnappings for ransom, pillaging and violence. (more…)

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Country Must End Impunity for Extrajudicial Killings – UN Expert
UN News Service

An independent United Nations human rights expert has urged that extrajudicial killings in the Central African Republic (CAR) be investigated and those responsible be held to account in order to eliminate impunity for such abuses.

“To ensure that the near future does not reprise the nightmare of the recent past, the Government must take the steps to both extend and institutionalize its efforts to respect human rights and to eliminate impunity,” UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions Philip Alston said at the conclusion of his visit to the CAR. (more…)

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